- The Premier League revealed a season high 18 positive Covid-19 test results
- Of 1,479 players and staff tested, there was an increase of 11 on last week’s tests
- An outbreak at Manchester City saw their game away at Everton postponed
- Nine matches in the English Football League on Tuesday have been postponed
- Mental Health and Psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19
The Premier League has announced 18 new positive Covid-19 tests among players and staff, the highest weekly total since Project Restart.
The latest round of testing saw 1,479 players and staff tested and the results show a sharp increase on last week’s total a day after Manchester City’s trip to face Everton at Goodison Park was postponed due to an outbreak in City’s squad over the Christmas period.
Positive tests reported by City on Monday will not have been included in the latest results and so 13 cases have emerged at other clubs.
The increase in positive tests come as experts called for a postponement of all football to be seriously considered.
Rochdale team doctor Wesley Tensel believes serious consideration must be given to stopping the current campaign.
‘These players are put under pressure to come out and perform when deep down they may have serious concerns – they’ve got young kids, they’ve got elderly family members,’ he told BBC Radio Five Live breakfast.
‘At the end of the day these players are human like everyone else and it sometimes begs the question, should the season still be going on?
‘Personally I think in the middle of a pandemic and the spread, the numbers are rising, and the fact we have these Tier 4 places where people can’t travel but footballers are able to go in and out, take things back to the family, it’s probably not the wisest thing at the moment.